The Message Lyrics – Nas

English 2 July 2, 1996
The lyrics of "The Message" by Nas is a gritty narrative depicting the harsh realities of street life, filled with violence, betrayal, and survival. Nas portrays himself as a street-wise individual who navigates through treacherous situations, facing threats from rivals and even former allies. The song is a reflection on the changes in relationships and loyalty amidst the backdrop of urban struggle, where trust is scarce, and survival is paramount. ...Read More

The Message Lyrics

[Verse 1: Nas]
Fake thug, no love, you get the slug, CB4 Gusto
Your luck low, I didn't know 'til I was drunk though
You freak n!ggas played out, get f**ked and ate out
Prostitute turned b!tch, I got the gauge out
96 ways I made out, Montana way
The Good F-E-L-L-A, verbal AK spray
Dipped attache, jump out the Range, empty out the ashtray
A glass of 'Zé make a man Cassius Clay
Red dot plots, murder schemes
32 shotguns, regulate with my dunns
17 rocks gleam from one ring
They let me let y'all n!ggas know one thing
There's one life, one love, so there can only be one King
The highlights of living, Vegas-style, roll dice in linen
Antera spinning on millenniums
20 G bets I'm winning 'em, threats I'm sending 'em
Lex with TV sets the minimum, ill sex adrenaline
Party with villains, a case of Demi-Sec
To chase the Henny, wet any clique with the semi TEC
Who want it? Diamonds I flaunt it
Chickenheads flock I lace 'em, fried broiled with basil taste 'em
Crack the legs way out of formation
It's horizontal how I have 'em f**king me in the Benz wagon
Can it be Vanity from Last Dragon?
Grab your gun, it's on though
Sh!t is grimy, real n!ggas buck in broad daylight
With the broke MAC that won't spray right
Don't give a f**k who they hit as long as the drama's lit
Yo, overnight thugs bug ‘cause they ain't promised sh!t
Hungry-as* hooligans stay on that piranha sh!t

[Refrain: Nas]
I never sleep, 'cause sleep is the cousin of death
I ain't the type of brother made for you to start testing
I never sleep, 'cause sleep is the cousin of death
I ain't the type of brother made for you to start testing
I never sleep, 'cause sleep is the cousin of death
I ain't the type of brother made for you to start testing
I never sleep, 'cause sleep is the cousin of death
I ain't the type of brother made for you to start testing

[Verse 2: Nas]
I peeped you fronting
I was in the Jeep sunk in the seat, tinted with heat, beats bumping
Across the street you was wilding
Talking about how you ran the Island in '89
Laying up, playing the yard with crazy shine
I cocked the baby 9, that n!gga grave be mine
Clanked him—what was he thinking?
On my corner when it's pay-me time
Dug 'em, you owe me, cousin
Something told me "Plug him!"
So dumb, felt my leg burn, then it got numb
Spun around and shot one
Heard shots and dropped, son, caught a hot one
Somebody take this biscuit 'fore the cops come
Then they came asking me my name
What the f**k? I got stitched up, it went through
Left the hospital that same night, what
Got my gat back, time to backtrack
I had the drop so how the f**k I get clapped?
Black was in the Jeep watching
All he seen speed by was a brown Datsun
And yo, nobody in my hood got one
That clown n!gga's through, blazing at his crew daily
The Bridge touched me up severely, hear me?
So when I rhyme it's sincerely yours
Be lighting Ls, sipping Coors on all floors in project halls
Contemplating war n!ggas I was cool with before
We used to score together uptown copping the raw
But, uh—a thug changes and love changes
And best friends become strangers (Word up)

[Refrain 2: Nas]
Y'a–Y'all know my steelo
Ther–Ther–Ther–Ther–Ther–There ain't an army that could strike back
Y'a–Y'all know my steelo
Ther–Ther–Ther–Ther–There ain't an army that could strike back
Y'a–Y'all know my steelo
Ther–Ther–Ther–There ain't an army that could strike back
Y'a–Y'all know my steelo
There ain't an army that could strike back

[Outro: Nas & AZ]
Thug n!ggas, yo, to them thug n!ggas
Getting it on in the world, you know?
To them n!ggas that's locked down
Doing they thing, surviving, ya know'm saying?
To my thorough n!ggas, New York and worldwide
Yo, to the Queensbridge Militia
9-6 sh!t, The Firm clique
Illmatic, n!gga, It Was Written though
It's been a long time coming
Y'all fake n!ggas, trying to copy
Better come with the real though, fake-as* n!ggas, yo
(They throw us slugs, we throwing them back, what)
Bring the sh!t, man! Live, man!
(F**k that son, word up) 9-6 sh!t

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Last Update: March 27, 2024

The Message Lyrics Meaning

FAQs & Knowledge

Who is the singer of "The Message" song?

"The Message" song is sung by Nas.

Who is the lyrics writer of "The Message" song?

"The Message" song lyrics written by Nas, Tone, Sting & Dominic Miller.

Who is the music producer of "The Message" song?

"The Message" song music composed & produced by Trackmasters.

When was "The Message" song released?

"The Message" song was released on July 2, 1996.